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Looking to get an AR

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by mr_fender, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. mr_fender

    mr_fender

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    Hey all,

    I'm interested in joining the black rifle club, but want to do so without breaking the bank. Does anyone have any suggestions of some good bang for the buck brands of rifles? I'm quite technically capable, so building one from parts is an option also. Would a used AR be better to start with? A kit? As with most things, I know that you get what you pay for, but I'd like to keep the cost down as low as possible since this would largely be a hobby project for range and plinking use. I am somewhat familiar with the design, but don't have any hands on experience. Any info or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mikekjg

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    What's your budget?

    What is the rifle's intended use?
     


  3. mr_fender

    mr_fender

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    Budget I'd say is in the $500 to $800 range.

    Use will be mostly range/plinking and maybe some occasional varmint hunting.

    I've just always been facinated with the design and would like to own one. More of a glorified toy than a practical tool for me.
     
  4. WayaX

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    The "I'm new please tell me what to buy" threads are becoming really common. Use the search function and check out the existing threads on this overly vague and over done topic.
     
  5. mikekjg

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    ^This. Search my posts. You should find a ton on what I have recommended to others. Do research. Don't settle.

    BCM, DD...

    Cheaper to buy separate upper and lower.
     
  6. BikerRN45

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  7. mjkeat

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  8. WayaX

    WayaX Lifetime Member

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    I've always been meaning to keep that bookmarked. It really is a great bit of information and it's a bit more helpful than just throwing the dreaded "chart" at new people.
     
  9. timberwoof

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    There are several very good rifles out there just look around, and don't just settle for anything. Make sure its the best rifle for the price. If you have a question ask. Don't just assume you know what you are looking is right.
     
  10. mixflip

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    The top tier Spikes for only $799 is a very hard deal to pass up.
     
  11. mjkeat

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    The midlength is a harder deal to pass up :cool:
     
  12. tx787

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    I usually vote for the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 as a first AR that won't break the bank.
     
  13. BBJones

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    For a little more a BCM or DD could be had.

    +1
     
  14. mjkeat

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    The BCM would be better and only $50 or so more than the Spikes.
     
  15. Flashbang1063

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    I built mine in an effort to save money, and get the parts I wanted. But be warned, your budget will go the way of the DoDo Bird once you get it....they don't call it the Black Rifle Disease for nothing.

    BCM uppers can be had for a decent amount....then just add the standard handguards....rails add $$$$$

    Find yourself a deal on a lower....even a blem lower from a quality company like BCM will look damn good and cost you less without taking away from function.

    First incarnation:
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    Second incarnation: Cheap UTG light and Cheap UTG rails to see if I liked having rails
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    Third incarnation: decided to try a scope with Magpul BUS
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    Fourth, but not final incarnation: Troy Rails, A2 Stock, Larue QD scope mount, Insight MX3, Offset Burris FF, Harris Bipod...awaiting Troy DOA BUIS
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    Last edited: Jan 25, 2011
  16. timberwoof

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    I built mine from scratch as well and it is true when you start its hard to stop. My first step total cost was $600 for a functional AR15 which could be stored in a trunk for long periods of time and still work when I pulled the trigger. after about a year later, I'm about $1K into it with all accessories and case. Including mags and I'm about to buy a tac light.
     
  17. UniversalBrow06

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    Where did you fine one for that price? That sounds like a really nice deal.